MANILA, Philippines – Don Trollano and Andrian Celada hit clutch shots for Cagayan Valley as it weathered repeated rallies by the Banco De Oro Bulldogs to notch a 101-92 victory in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday.
Cagayan Valley ended the final quarter with a 10-2 run, with Trollano drilling a triple at the 3:03 mark and Celada knocking down a trey of his own 30 seconds later to dash the Bulldogs’ hopes.
The win allowed Cagayan Valley to hike their record to 8-3 and tie idle Hog’s Breath Café at fourth place.
“This is a big win for us. We are looking to finish the eliminations in third or fourth place,” said Cagayan Valley assistant coach Nonoy Bonleon in the league website. “This win certainly kept us on target.” [http://pbadleague.com.ph/news-page/1390200945/]
Five players finished in double digit scoring for Cagayan Valley, with Mark Bringas scoring 21, Celada adding 20, and Trollano firing 15 points. Jason Melana made all three of his attempts from beyond the arc to finish with 15 points.
With their victory, Cagayan Valley has secured a slot in the quarter-finals.
Cagayan Valley was playing for the first time in a month following a 75-89 loss to Big Chill last December 12, but remained sharp especially from rainbow country, where they made 14 of their 33 attempts.
Banco De Oro made a game out of it late, with Jethroy Rosario and Robin Rono drilling consecutive threes to make it 90-91 with still over three minutes to play.
But Trollano put a stop to their run with his triple, and Celada slammed the door on the Bulldogs’ comeback attempts just seconds later.
Rosario finished with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds for BDO, while Glenn Khobuntin had 18 points and 15 boards. Ray Parks finished with 15 points.
Banco de Oro’s record dropped to 2-8.
Cagayan Valley 101 –Mark Bringas 21, Celada 20, Trollano 16, Melano 15, Collado 10, Mabulac 8, Cruz 7, Pinto 4, Mercader 0, Jamito 0, Ighalo 0, Parala 0, Foronda 0.
Banco de Oro 92 – Rosario 24, Khobuntin 18, Parks 15, Rono 12, Labing-isa 9, Villamor 7, Javelona 4, Neypes 2, Perez 1, Celda 0.
Quarters:20-22; 54-46; 78-72; 101-92.